HIVE and GlobalSHARE were accepted to conduct a session at the Research Literacy Networking Zone (by AVAC) at AIDS 2016. Our session was about “Supporting Women & Youth.”
Before the fishbowl, I was thoroughly enjoying how informative the session was. But when someone starts speaking on behalf adolescents and saying we can’t be trusted to make decisions about our own bodies? Well, needless to say, I got mad. I was shaking I was so mad, and that made taking notes very very difficult.
LoveLife is an NGO based in South Africa that works to educate South African youth through leadership programs, with the aim of “Building Complete Young Leaders for a Better Future.”
We can’t do anything for young women without including them in the conversation. Inclusion is key if PrEP is going to be delivered to young women in an effective and sustainable manner. “Nothing for them without them!”
Gcina and Rosina are youth activists and advocates who work with Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. They also spoke on the GlobalSHARE Safer Conception panel in the Global Village on Tuesday.
Youth Reporter at #AIDS2016: At the Intersection of Reproductive Empowerment and Ending HIV Transmission: Expanding Safer Conception Options
On Tuesday afternoon, members of GlobalSHARE, a global community for sex, HIV, and reproductive empowerment, two Johannesburg youth and I participated in a panel about safer conception for sero-discordant couples, PrEP use during conception and pregnancy, and how to engage youth in the conversation about reproductive empowerment.